Gokhan Saki Calls Out Mark Hunt

A very interesting fight could be brewing in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Coming off an upset knockout loss to Khalil Rountree this summer, Gokhan Saki is looking to bounce back. That bounce could include a jump up in weight to the heavyweight…

A very interesting fight could be brewing in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Coming off an upset knockout loss to Khalil Rountree this summer, Gokhan Saki is looking to bounce back. That bounce could include a jump up in weight to the heavyweight division. Should this take place, it looks like the decorated striker already has […]

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UFC 226 Bonuses: Daniel Cormier & Anthony Pettis Bank Big For Insane Finishes

UFC 226 emanated tonight (Saturday, July 7, 2018) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card capped International Fight Week, the main attraction of which featured a heavyweight superfight between 265-pound king Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. DC would become just the second simultaneous two-division champion with a shocking first-round […]

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UFC 226 emanated tonight (Saturday, July 7, 2018) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card capped International Fight Week, the main attraction of which featured a heavyweight superfight between 265-pound king Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. DC would become just the second simultaneous two-division champion with a shocking first-round knockout of Miocic. Not only does he seem to have a money fight upcoming against Brock Lesnar, but he walks away $50,000 richer with one of the night’s four Performance of the Night bonuses.

Anthony Pettis picked up a much-needed win, submitting Michael Chiesa with a second-round triangle choke. Chiesa seemed drained after the first few minutes, perhaps hampered by the bad weight cut that saw him miss the mark. Pettis found his footing after a few scrambles in round one. At the opening of the second, Pettis hurt Chiesa, went for a guillotine, and eventually transitioned to the fight-ending choke. He banked an extra $50,000 for his efforts as well.

Khalil Rountree picked up the most significant and emphatic win of his career on the main card as well. Taking on decorated kickboxer-turned-MMA fighter Gokhan Saki, Rountree was undeterred. He dropped Saki with a counter left hand early, pounding with hammerfists to finish the job. Rountree will wake up tomorrow $50,000 richer for his Performance of the Night.

Lastly, the featured prelim saw middleweight hitters Paulo Costa and Uriah Hall go back and forth for about eight minutes. Costa consistently backed Hall up and smashed home massive hooks to the head and body. Hall jabbed, leg kicked, and hit several spinning back kicks to the body. Early in round two, Hall rocked Costa with a hook inside. The Brazilian quickly recovered, though, and resumed his assault with renewed vigor. Moments later, he collapsed Hall with a series of close-quarter power punches, earning the most significant win of his career and an extra $50,000 to boot.

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Khalil Rountree Stuns Gokhan Saki With First-Round KO

Khalil Rountree STUNS Gokhan Saki with first-round KO at #UFC226:

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Gokhan Saki has been stunned by Khalil Rountree.

Light heavyweight action opened up the main card of UFC 226. Saki and Rountree traded leather inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was just the third professional mixed martial arts bout in Saki’s career, but he is renowned for his kickboxing.

The tables have turned.

Saki opened up with a leg kick. He went high with a kick, but it was blocked. Rountree threw a heavy right hand, which was blocked. A massive left hand dropped Saki. Rountree finished it off with ground-and-pound. Stunning. The finish is the most surprising part of this fight, as Saki is a former Glory kickboxing light heavyweight champion. Clearly, that didn’t deter Rountree.

Final Result: Khalil Rountree def. Gokhan Saki via KO (strikes) – R1, 1:36

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UFC 226’s Gokhan Saki: Khalil Rountree Brings Nothing to The Table

Gokhan Saki believes he will overwhelm Khalil Rountree at UFC 226. Saki and Rountree will do battle inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday night (July 7). The light heavyweight scrap will serve as the opening bout on the UFC 226 m…

Gokhan Saki believes he will overwhelm Khalil Rountree at UFC 226. Saki and Rountree will do battle inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday night (July 7). The light heavyweight scrap will serve as the opening bout on the UFC 226 main card. This will be Saki’s second bout in the UFC […]

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Kickboxing Legend Gokhan Saki Booked For UFC 226

Gokhan Saki dazzled MMA fans with a stunning first-round knockout against Henrique da Silva in his UFC debut back in September. Saki’s incredible kickboxing background demonstrates a level of striking not commonly seen in the UFC, and thankfully his next opponent will oblige him in a stand-up scrap. Saki has been rebooked to fight Khalil […]

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Gokhan Saki dazzled MMA fans with a stunning first-round knockout against Henrique da Silva in his UFC debut back in September.

Saki’s incredible kickboxing background demonstrates a level of striking not commonly seen in the UFC, and thankfully his next opponent will oblige him in a stand-up scrap.

Saki has been rebooked to fight Khalil Rountree at UFC 226 after an injury forced Saki out of their original match-up at December 30’s UFC 219:

Saki obliterated da Silva in his promotional debut, but before that, he hadn’t fought in MMA since a 2004 loss. That makes it 13 years in between MMA bouts, yet Saki kept busy in kickboxing, winning the Glory light heavyweight title and tournament, as well as a runner-up in several K-1 tournaments.

Meanwhile, Rountree shook off a rough 0-2 start to his UFC career by scoring two brutal knockouts in a row. Rountree competed at UFC 219 and lost to Micha? Oleksiejczuk in Saki’s absence, however that loss was overturned to a no contest after Oleksiejczuk tested positive for a banned substance.

Rountree’s stand-up, striking-based style is exactly what Saki is looking for in an opponent, but will Saki’s kickboxing experience prove to be too much for Rountree?

UFC 226 takes place on July 7th in Las Vegas.

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Gokhan Saki Sidelined After Suffering Torn Meniscus in Knee

Gokhan Saki had a successful UFC debut earlier this year, knocking Henrique da Silva out in the first round at UFC Fight Night 123. After agreeing to return at UFC 219 and meet Khalil Rountree, though, an old injury flared up that will keep the former …

Gokhan Saki had a successful UFC debut earlier this year, knocking Henrique da Silva out in the first round at UFC Fight Night 123. After agreeing to return at UFC 219 and meet Khalil Rountree, though, an old injury flared up that will keep the former K-1 and Glory champion sidelined through the beginning of […]